Sure, the temperature was hovering in the low 40s or high 30s, but Fayaz and I are Minnesotans, and knew it was perfect grilling weather. And a fine beer is perfect match for the grilling prep work. I’ve been meaning to try the Brooklyn Local One since I learned of its existence on a Brooklyn Brewery Tour a few years back. After sampling more than my share of Brooklyn’s standard brews, I’ve learned to trust what they do.
The Brooklyn Local One is in the Belgian Strong Pale Ale style packing a 9% ABV. Part of Brooklyn Brewery’s process is an in bottle fermentation–similar to the method used to give champagne its sparkle.
Appearance: A bright, but cloudy, yellow gold with a solid head.
Smell: A very weak nose, just mild yeast.
Taste: Strong yeast and some malt flavor. A bitterness balance with with an almost nutty savoriness and light honey—a little sweet but strong on whatever the non-sweet flavor of honey is. The finish was short, savory, and yeasty.
Mouth: Well carbonated with small velvety bubbles.
Overall: A great freak’n beer at a reasonable price. I could see this guy pairing well with a little spice, a savory cheese, or a salty game day snack.
Next up: the Brooklyn Local Two.